Kfz 17/1 restoration part 3: Body sheetwork


This part of the gallery picks up when most of the wood work on the body has been completed. Metalwork like mudguards, A-post, radiator surround and engine hood get restored and added. In the mean time more detailed work on the body continues, windows and the windscreen get added. This is a satisfying part of the restoration, as more and more parts get added and the vehicle is slowly starting to take shape. The sequence of photographs follows the sequence of the restoration, it becomes clear that I jumped from job to job, sometimes welding mudguards, back to some interior details of the body and back to the metalwork. I am particularly proud of making the windscreen (copied to the last detail from the original on my other truck) and the new hinges for the engine hood, made from scratch with nothing but handtools! As the body nears completion, I was still missing one front mudguard, which needed some welding work beyond my competence. It was such a joy to get that final bit back in my garage so I could fit it.

Spare wheel well Spare wheel well
Starting on the A-post Starting on the A-post
Some corrections to the woodwork profiles needed Some corrections to the woodwork profiles needed
fittings to the firewall fittings to the firewall
Welding the A-post toghether Welding the A-post toghether
Finishing the A-post Finishing the A-post
Final fitting Final fitting
Nailed in place! Nailed in place!
Front door tops needed re-doing Front door tops needed re-doing
Back together Back together
Preparing for the window glass Preparing for the window glass
Glass going in Glass going in
A-post vents... A-post vents...
Finishing the floor panels Finishing the floor panels
Floor panels complete! Floor panels complete!
Radiator surround Radiator surround
Preparing the rear outer mudguards Preparing the rear outer mudguards
Fitting the fuel valve Fitting the fuel valve
Starting on the windscreen Starting on the windscreen
fitting.... fitting....
Adding strips Adding strips
Adding closing mechanism Adding closing mechanism
Fitting again Fitting again
Windscreen wipers Windscreen wipers
Back to the rear mudguards Back to the rear mudguards
Windscreen glass is fitted! Windscreen glass is fitted!
Start on the engine hood Start on the engine hood
restoring the hinges.... restoring the hinges....
Still missing my mudguard... Still missing my mudguard...
Start on the storage boxes Start on the storage boxes
Detailing of the windscreen Detailing of the windscreen
Back to the storage boxes Back to the storage boxes
Nearly there.... Nearly there....
I wish I had that mudguard... I wish I had that mudguard...
Back to interior details Back to interior details
Power supply mount and fusebox Power supply mount and fusebox
Clock holder Clock holder
Battery power supply cabling Battery power supply cabling
Second storagebox Second storagebox
That final bit of bodywork That final bit of bodywork